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&B Italia has just opened its first single-brand store in Manila, Philippines. These new headquarters have especially been planned to house the B&B Italia, Outdoor and Maxalto design series. And what location could be better than Bonifacio Global City, Manila's financial district. An electric vibe fills the air however, the mood is still one of sophistication; just like the spirit of this brand. B&B Italia occupies both the ground and tenth floor of an extremely sleek an contemporary building.

The showroom is 1300 sqm in size, arranged over two floors. Here, fresh new design ideas for the living room, bedroom and outdoors are part of true sets, inspired by the worlds of theatre and film. Key features are optical illusions, used for maximum visual impact. Graphic wallpaper in black and white, sophisticated screens in wire mesh, unique pieces of furniture and home accessories: this transforms a black canvas into a dynamic environment, still being cosy and intimate. Another extremely sophisticated and chic detail is, without doubt, the soffit in glossy black glass. It unusual light reflecting qualities fill the space with unexpected light, giving out a sort of dreamlike and whimsy feel.

Here, attention to detail is paramount; this is Made in Italy down to a tee. However, right at the centre of the floorspace, we definitely cannot miss a clear nod to Asian style: a luxuriant tropical forest growing inside a large glass case. This touch of exotica suits this space well, as it helps modern design stand out even more. 

Where: B&B Italia Manila Twenty-four Seven McKinley, 24th Street corner 7th 

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